What Medical Assistant Specialties Are Out There?
Becoming a medical assistant means you’re part of the foundation of healthcare. Nearly every specialty in healthcare has medical assistants trained specifically for that field.
If you’re a medical assistant and there’s a segment of healthcare you’re particularly interested in, chances are there is specialized training for that field. These are some of the most common types of medical assistant specialization, but keep in mind there are countless more. There are as many types of MAs out there as there are particular kinds of healthcare.
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Phlebotomy is one of the best-known and most necessary specialties for MA. Blood tests are a routine part of healthcare, and drawing blood from a patient is one of the more potentially challenging.
Blood phobia is common, affecting approximately three to four percent of the population. Other patients may simply be anxious or uncomfortable about having blood drawn. A phlebotomist has to maintain their composure in the face of patient discomfort and walk them through a simple, though intimidating, procedure. After that, they have to make sure the blood is put to good use. They have to label it properly, store it, and make sure all information about it is accurate.
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Pediatric medical assistant
Working with parents and children can present a medical assistant with unique challenges and benefits. Getting an adult to stand on a scale or sit still is relatively easy, at least most of the time. Pediatric medical assistants, though, need to put kids at ease, get them to cooperate, and answer questions for them in a way they understand. Anyone who works with kids on a daily basis knows how hard this can be, but they also know how necessary and rewarding it is too.
Becoming a cardiology technician means you’ll help physicians treat one of the most common health problems in the United States. Operating an electrocardiogram means you’ll apply electrodes to patients, walk them through a test that can detect an array of potentially serious problems, and record and manage that information. Working with cardiac technology also means you’ll be in the thick of it during serious procedures, and you’ll have to work fast and accurately in potential life-or-death situations.
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Medical billing and coding
Information is the lifeblood of healthcare. Medical assistants who specialize in medical billing and coding don’t just send out bills to insurance companies. They maintain the records of which patients have gotten which diagnosis, what treatments they’ve received, and what’s planned for them. They keep track of all of this information in a clear, precise code that details exactly what physicians, nurses, and insurance companies need to know.
Almost nothing in healthcare can get done without proper coding and billing. Because so many rely on this information, MAs who specialize in this field need to observe high quality standards about how they record data, whom they share it with, and how they protect confidentiality.
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